Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) will on Saturday announce the winner of a party leadership ballot, whose first task will be to decide whether to quit the ruling coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
The favourites for the race are a duo composed of Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his running mate Klara Geywitz, who both support the centre-left party staying in coalition with Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats until 2021.
SPD is in turmoil after a run of dismal regional and European election results and a six-month long leadership race which has left them trailing in polls. Many members want to leave government and rebuild in opposition.
The SPD will announce the result of a 10-day ballot of its roughly 426,000 members at about tonight and delegates are set to approve the choice at a party conference on Dec. 6-8 where they will also vote on the coalition.
Via Reuters / RFI